My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,
and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:
My friend Ryan had a problem; a problem with stealing his wife Chelsea's Nook eReader so as to gorge on the entire Game of Thrones series. So, he snagged his own Nook Simple Touch, and figured out a way to make a custom leather case and cover with no special sewing or leatherworking skills, and he didn't even have to pay for materials.
There's nothing wrong with a classic stainless steel flask, but in my experience, a basic, clean-faced model is sorta hard to come by. Instead, I frequently see flasks with printed phrases, weird iconography, or overt brand names. Which is just fine, with this easy project that shows you how to customize them in a classy way with some basic leather scraps.
Here's a little man-crafting feel-good story for your Monday morning: Good.is reports on how knitting has had an incredible positive impact on a group of male prisoners. Whether you're well-versed in the fiber arts or not, this can't help but make you smile.
Even in the era of smartphones and digital address books, I still maintain a classy business card is a must for every guy. If you don't currently have a job where you need one, here's hoping you have passions or a lifestyle that needs communicated...and remembered. Especially when you meet somebody new, and pull it from a pad of stacked cards like a complete b***ss.
Last month, my nephew turned one, and he's suffering the pains of little ones everywhere - new teeth and very sore gums. He's sticking anything he can in his mouth to try to relieve the pain, so my sweetheart asked me if we could make up some dedicated teething toys, made from natural materials, for his birthday gift. And since his parents are both hilarious and always up for a laugh, we decided to go all out and avoid the monkeys and giraffes common in infant toys, and make them in humorous, tongue-in-cheek "manly" shapes.
It's seriously cold outside...nearing zero degrees with the wind chill, and the air is full of that ice blastiness that's bouncing off the fourteen or so inches of snow that's covering everything, and has no plans to disappear.It's that sort of day when you look around your home for what you need, cause there's no way you're going outside. Hit up your pantry for stuff to make for dinner, watch that DVD you bought six years ago and still haven't unwrapped, and check your supply stash for materials to make a rainy...err snowy day project.
Like this clever torn paper typography. Inspired by a piece by designer Konstatin Datz, Finnish artist Riikka created this papercut typographic poster from twenty six squares of kraft paper, and a bit of posterboard.
Little DIY Projects for Rainy Days [Weekday Carnival]
If you can't manage to make a gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list, you can always add a little personal touch by DIYing your own custom gift wrap. Not only do each of these relatively easy projects convey a handmade look and appeal, most of them can be specifically customized to the recipient, so you can be sure they'll know you took the extra step. There are roughly a gajillion DIY gift wrap projects about online, so I picked five that could particularly work from a masculine perspective, whether you're giving as or to a guy.
And, don't worry, there's no animal hides or power tools required. Unless you want there to be...
If you love the idea of the Whiskey Advent Calendar, but can't quite justify the (fair but not inexpensive) $240 price tag, why not try a DIY version with something you can easily procure single samples of: beer. Cause there are few things better than candy, and winter ale is definitely one of them.
Artist William Robertson just completed this "astounding" miniature replica of the 18th century Hewitt Tool Chest, on display in Colonial Williamsburg. It includes tiny, functional tools - you can see the handplane shaving away the pencil in the photo above.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Designer and artist Michael Pippo created a series of posters for everyone's favorite
Okay...I try not to get carried away with blog titles. And, yes, to all you engineers and mathnerds out there, I'm extremely right-brained, but this incredible thing is something about which everyone can agree. It's freaking amazing, and it'll definitely blow your mind, and probably even break it.
If the elementary school rumors are to be believed, it's only possible to fold a single sheet of paper a maximum of eight times. This fun origami project takes a solid eighty-two folds, and makes one seriously sweet little Jedi master that would look excellent perched on top of your desk, a shelf, or anywhere that needs a pop of handmade color.